Makiga Stabilized Soil Block Press
Makiga Engineering Services Ltd
The Stabilized Soil Block Press by Makiga is a manual machine that can be used to press 500 bricks in a day. There are four different machines for various block shapes: straight interlocking blocks, wide straight interlocking blocks, curved interlocking blocks and standard non-interlocking blocks.
The Stabilized Soil Block (SSB) Press by Makiga is a manual press machine that produces stabilized soil blocks (SSB). This can be various shapes, interlocking (ISSB) or non-interlocking. Makiga proposes that the press can produce blocks used for affordable housing, water storage and sanitation solutions.
Makiga has shipped machines to 30 countries; 25 countries in Africa, 3 Asian countries, 2 American countries (free delivery in East Africa).
Khs100,000.00 ($996.520USD as of July 2018)
Goal 11: Aims to facilitate the construction of more affordable and durable buildings.
Any person or organization that wishes to construct anything using SSB. This includes building contractors, developers, co-operatives and community organizations.
Stabilized Soil Press can be used on a construction site or a small production facility.
Makiga Engineering Services Ltd holds patents on their machines.
The user buys directly from Makiga. They can contact the different offices in Africa, inquire directly on the website or contact them in social media to learn more.
Hundreds of thousands of construction machines have been exported.
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List of suitable climates for use of this tool/system
To manufacture an ISSB using this press, first the soil, cement and water is mixed. The ratio varies depending on the desired outcome. The mix is then placed inside the press and the lever is pushed down to compress the block. After this, the lever is turned to the other side to lift the block out of the press. The brick should be sprayed with water for the next seven days in order to cure it. Finally it must be left to dry cure for another 7 days.
The press has four designs to create blocks of different shapes.
- Standard Straight ISSB
- Wide Straight ISSB
- Standard Non-Interlocking SSB
- Curved ISSB1
All four have a double action ejection stroke, adjustable mold blocks for different soils, and include training and manuals.
Final dimensions of the bricks:
|Type of block||Height||Width||Length|
|Straight double interlocking block||115||140||290|
|Curved double interlocking block||140|
|Wide format interlocking block||115||220||230|
|Straight simple interlocking block||115||140||290|
|Grooved double interlocking block||115||140||290|
The cavity changes according to the model as follows:
The purchase includes training on operation and maintenance and an illustrated manual.
It uses motor oil for lubrication. Repair can be made locally with welding and scrap materials.
Produce stabilized soil blocks as strong as concrete blocks, in a low cost, eco-friendly and durable way. In an 8 hour day with 4 users, the machine should be able to produce 500 bricks.
All machines are tested before leaving the plant. The blocks have been tested to have a minimum compressive strength of 2.5 N/mm².
Makinga Engineering Services Ltd, Kenya Bureau of Standards, University of Bath, UK
The machine must be placed on a leveled surface so there is no risk of it tipping over. Only trained personnel should operate it.
A machine for roof tiles can paired to construct a complete building.
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KS012070), Uganda Bureau of Standards
Makiga recommends that the cement and soil ratio be determined by testing the soil for shrinkage with the shrinkage box provided with the machine.
Makiga has a range of machines available for different applications in construction.
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